I have been a Board member since 2018 and am the current chair since 2019. I am a full time practicing Ob/Gyn and have held leadership positions in various organizations, including at my own hospital, Saint Francis in Wilmington; the Delaware Section of the American College of Ob/Gyn; and for the Medical Society of Delaware. I am an American-born Chinese and my parents immigrated from Taiwan in the 1960’s after fleeing communist China in the 1940’s. Growing up in an immigrant Chinese household, I was exposed to all aspects of Chinese culture but did not really appreciate what that culture and language really meant until I enrolled my children in Chinese School in 2009. My oldest daughter graduated last year and both my son and husband are enrolled at CSD. During my time on the CSD Board, we have continued to prioritize the quality of education provided by the Chinese School, even during the indescribable challenges of the COVID pandemic. I believe the success of our School can be attributed to the close working relationship between the Board and administration; and the engagement and energy of our students and their families. These relationships are invaluable for the sustainability and the continued achievements of our School and I look forward to continuing this work with our CSD community.
I am the new board member of the Chinese School of Delaware, CSD. When I moved to Delaware in 2008, the first place my friend showed me was Wilmington Church, and the second place was CACC. Since then, my family has developed a close connection with CACC and CSD. My wife used to be a teacher at a Chinese school, and my two kids also are the students there. We always volunteer in CACC and CSD activities, such as Chinese New Year, Chinese Festival, etc. I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve for CSD.
Janus Lin 林健元
I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Board of the Chinese School of Delaware (CSD). I am American-born Chinese and since we don't speak Mandarin at home appreciate the Immersion classes that the school offers. My family lives in PA where Chinese is not offered in school. One of my daughters is currently attending CSD -- one of the best aspects of CSD are the culture classes and events that the school hosts beyond just your typical "classroom" instruction time. It's great to see the children participate in and enjoy these sessions!
Brittany Slanac is a faculty member at Delaware Dance Company and the Coordinator of the School of Dance at the Western Family YMCA, where she also founded and directs the Y’s Dance Company. She graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with degrees in International Relations and Romance Languages/Literature and was awarded the President’s Commendation for Achievement in the Arts for both her work as president of their Modern Dance Company and the after school dance program she created for Baltimore inner city elementary schools. She has also spent time working for the Departments of State and Defense, directing the School of Dance at the JCC in Austin, TX, and has taught at numerous studios as a Registered Yoga Teacher (200 hrs). Brittany moved to the area in 2012 and lives with her husband, daughter, and son (all of whom are learning Chinese) and their dog.